Owen Phillips, MD, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and associate dean for Student Affairs in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, was one of seven local women honored at the 2015 Women of Achievement Awards Sunday. She was recognized for heroism in protecting reproductive rights for women. The annual awards commemorate National Women’s History Month.
The heroism award goes to a woman whose heroic spirit was tested and shown as a model to all in Shelby County and beyond, said Deborah M. Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women’s Council, who nominated Dr. Phillips. Awards were also given for courage, determination, heritage, initiative, steadfastness and vision.
“Owen has spoken out for many years and consistently in support of women and their sole right to make their own health care decisions with access to a full range of care,” Clubb said. “Her heroic stance brings a reasoned, experienced voice to a difficult and urgent topic.”
The program is organized by Women of Achievement, Inc., a coalition of community groups and individuals founded to celebrate and document women’s contributions to community change. Since the first awards celebration in 1985, more than 200 women have been honored.
“I am humbled to receive this award,” Dr. Phillips said. “Women of Achievement historically has honored women in the Memphis community who have truly made a difference. To be considered someone who has truly made a difference in the lives of Memphians is the highest recognition.”